Interesting Africa Facts

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1. The African white-backed vulture lacks feathers on its long neck. This helps the bird dig deep into a carcass without getting soiled.
2. There are 1,000 languages spoken on the African continent.
3. Melanin in dark-skinned African Americans provides natural protection from the sun, equivalent to SPF 13.
4. Found throughout southern Africa, aardvarks use their keen sense of smell to sniff out their favorite food—termites.
5. A second outbreak of Ebola has begun in the Congo, independently of the West Africa outbreak.
6. African elephants can recognize human languages, genders and ages associated with danger.
7. An animal-breeding experts were sent to Africa by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, to try to produce an army of half-man, half-monkey soldiers
8. 41% of children in Africa aged 5 to 14 are involved in child labor.
9. Alex the African grey parrot was the first and only non-human animal to ask an existential question.
10. After hearing about the 9/11 attacks, the Maasai tribe in Africa gave 14 cows to America as consolation.
11. 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa.
12. East African vampire spiders drink human blood by eating mosquitoes that have just bitten humans.
13. Charitable donations of clothing to Africa have led to the collapse of its textile industry.
14. Lebanon is the only country in Africa or the Middle East that doesn’t have a desert.
15. African Wildcats were first domesticated 10,000 years ago. They are the ancestors of modern housecats.
16. The first female self-made millionaire in America was an African-American woman.
17. There are countries in Africa with higher vaccination rates than the U.S.
18. African-American men were not considered equal members of the Mormon church until 1978 because they were thought to be the sons of Cain.
19. There are people in Sierra Leone, Africa that think Ebola is a hoax created by doctors to steal blood from patients.
20. African elephants produce approximately 100 kilograms of manure per day.
21. African Grey Parrots have vocabularies of over 200 words

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